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Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

Category(s): Orthopedic

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a hip condition that occurs in teens and pre-teens who are still growing. For reasons that are not well understood, the ball at the head of the femur (thighbone) slips off the neck of the bone in a backwards direction. This causes pain, stiffness, and instability in the affected hip. The condition usually develops gradually over time and is more common in boys than girls. The treatment for SCFE involves surgery to stop the head of the femur from slipping any further


 


 
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